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Literature: Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week

An annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.


An attempt to remove or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or group. Challenges are more than a person expressing a point of view; they are an attempt to remove material from a curriculum or a library, thus restricting access to these materials.


The removal of challenged materials.

Source: Banned Books Week. Learn more: Banned Book FAQ (ALA).

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